Brush Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Brush Lake Campground

The campground is located on the shores of Brush Lake, which is entirely surrounded by National Forest System lands. There is a drive-in boat launch on the eastern shore of the river and a smaller carry-in boat launch in the campground. This site is very popular with anglers and hunters. It is also a popular wildlife viewing area and a good stop for viewing fall colors.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is open May 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp
Fees Recreation Enhancement Act Fee - Day Use -
  • Day: $5.00
  • Week: $15.00
Camping -
  • Per Night: $10.00
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: January 1
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: May to September
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Woodville
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Baldwin White Cloud Ranger District - (231) 745-4631
Information Center:

General Information


From White Cloud -

  • Travel north on M-37 for 2.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on Monroe St./Old M-20 for 6 miles.
  • Turn left and travel north on Poplar Ave. for 3.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel east on 6 Mile Rd. for 1.5 miles.
  • Turn right and travel south on FR 5534, road terminates at site.

General Notes:

Location - Brush Lake

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary

County - Newaygo

Seasonal and Other Information -

  • This site is not gated during the off season.
  • This site is not maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lot are not plowed.
    • No toilet facilities are available.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Pavement Type of ParkingGravel
Vehicle ClearenceHigh
No. of SitesSingle: 7
Size Restrictions35 Ft. or less

Campground Camping

Amenities -

  • Trash Can
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 7


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Gravel